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ISSN : 2092-8475(Print)
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Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research Vol.9 No.4 pp.1669-1675

Change of Physical, Psychological Status through Rapid Weight Loss in National Judo Athletes

Hyun Chul Kima,Ki Jun Parka,Moon Jung Baea,Yang Rae Kimb
aDepartment of Medicine & Science, Korean Sport Olympic Committee, Republic of Korea; bDepartment of physical therapy center of samsungbon hospital
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Ki Jun Park, PT, PhD Department of Medicine and Science, Korean Sport Olympic Committee, 105, Seonsuchon ro, Gwanghyewon-myeon, Jincheon-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do 27809, South Korea Tel: 82-10-7490-9798


The present study aimed to investigate rapid weight loss (RWL) and consequent physical and psychological challenges among judo athletes at the national athlete training center in 2017. The following results were obtained. Judo athletes used weight loss methods such as “gradually reduce meal portion,” “skip meals,” “limit water intake,” “wear sweat suit for training,” and “use sauna,” and had physical and mental distress from such unhealthy weight management practices. Information about weight loss was obtained from “colleagues or senior athletes,” “Internet,” and “head coach or coach,” and not experts such as nutritionists or physicians. Thus, athletes are recommended to employ healthy weight control methods based on advice from experts, such as nutritionists and physicians